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Giulio De Leo


We use quantitative tools (from life history-based mathematical models to statistical analysis of empirical data) to investigate factors and processes affecting the dynamics of infectious diseases of humans as well as the dynamics of marine resources of commercial and conservation interest. Our research is diverse and spans a wide range of questions and ecosystems - check out our research page to learn more.

Diverse, interdisciplinary research requires diverse people and perspectives. In this lab, we need, welcome, and support individuals from all backgrounds, and we holistically evaluate applicants - we do not recruit candidates based on arbitrary metrics such as GRE scores or impact factors.

If you’re interested in joining the lab, please contact Dr. De Leo by email (and see below for information on when and how to apply through Stanford). Include your research interests (in a few sentences), a brief summary of your relevant experience, and a CV. If you’d like to know more about the work we do and whether the lab is a good fit for you, feel free to reach out to members of the lab, including current graduate students!

Learn more about Giulio’s mentorship style, expectations, and life in the lab at the Hopkins Marine Station.

Learn more about life at the lab

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m interested in joining the lab as a PhD student - when should I reach out, and when are applications due?

  • See the page for prospective graduate students at Hopkins Marine Station
  • We strongly encourage you to reach out to Dr. De Leo before applying, as well as some of the students and other members in the lab to get an understanding of whether or not the program is a good fit for you.
  • There are different deadlines depending on what you are applying for. The deadline for the Knight-Hennessy Fellowship is usually in early October. The deadline for E-IPER is in November, and the deadline for the Biology Department is in December. We recommend that you reach out two to three months before the deadline of the program you’re applying for.

Are you accepting postdocs in the lab?

  • Most postdocs in the lab are hired for a specific project. Prospective postdocs that bring their own funding are encouraged to contact Giulio to discuss research projects.

Are there opportunities for undergraduates in the lab?

Which departmental programs do I accept students under?

  • Most of my graduate students apply through the Biology department, through the Evolution track. However, I have also accepted students through the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (EIPER) program.
  • Most students in the EIPER program have received master’s degrees and/or worked in environmental management or a related field before applying. If you’re interested in the lab, but unsure of which program to apply through, please reach out to discuss!
  • Usually, you will be informed if you have been selected for an interview by January or February. Interviews are typically in March for the Biology department and February for EIPER.

How do I know if I’m a good fit for the lab?

  • First and foremost - your research interests! Read about our research.
  • You have quantitative skills and/or a willingness to learn quantitative methods. Much of the work we do in this lab is “dry,” meaning that we employ mathematical and statistical models to understand ecological processes. However, I encourage students to pursue field and lab chapters as part of their PhD research (we frequently collaborate with other labs to do so!) and I value applicants with field and/or lab experience.
  • You enjoy working as a part of a team. Much of our research is collaborative by nature, and students in the lab frequently collaborate with members of other research labs and government agencies such as NOAA and the CDFW. For some projects, such as our work on Schistosomiasis, we are engaged in partnerships all over the world!

What funding is available for PhD Students in the lab?

  • PhD students receive funding which includes tuition and a stipend for living expenses (for both domestic and international students). In the Biology Department, the first four years are funded for all accepted students. Additional years are usually funded by grants or fellowships awarded to the student, or through funds from grants awarded to the lab / PI.
  • For EIPER students, the entire PhD is funded, for up to five years.
  • Students in the biology department are required to submit an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship proposal during their first year, if eligible. Students in the lab are expected to apply for fellowships for which they are eligible.

Additional information about funding opportunities, applications, and PhD life can be found on the Micheli Lab website.

Last updated 12/8/21